2021 Call for Papers

The Spring 2021 meeting of the South-Central Society for Music Theory will be held entirely online from February 19 – 21, 2021.

The Program Committee invites proposals on any topic in the field of music theory, though proposals related to this year’s theme of Music of the South Central Region are particularly encouraged. The South Central area includes the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, and West Georgia. This includes music from vernacular traditions of the region (the Delta Blues, Jazz, Bluegrass, etc.), popular music from prominent centers and studios (Atlanta, Nashville, Memphis, Muscle Shoals, etc.), and concert music composers with a connection to the region (Florence Price, William Grant Still, etc.)

The conference will feature a keynote address from Lori Burns (Professor of Music, University of Ottawa) as well as an Undergraduate Research Forum.

Scholars applying for the primary CFP should propose 20-minute papers. Those applying for the Undergraduate Research Forum should propose 10-minute papers.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: November 15th at 11:59pm CST. Confirmation of proposals received will be made electronically upon their receipt. Authors will be notified electronically of the Program Committee’s decision by mid-December, 2020.

SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS, PRIMARY CFP: Submissions should comprise a single document in .doc(x) or .pdf format. Proposals should be no longer than 500 words, including all footnotes and/or endnotes. Up to four pages of supplemental examples and materials (e.g., musical examples, diagrams, selected bibliography) may be submitted exclusive to the 500-word limit. Supplemental materials should not add significantly to the content of the paper. Proposals should articulate the paper’s premise and its relation to existing music theoretical research and provide some illustration of applications. Since proposals will be evaluated anonymously, they should exclude the author’s name and any other signal of authorship.

SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS, UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH FORUM: Submissions should comprise a single document in .doc(x) or .pdf format. Proposals should be no longer than 250 words, including all footnotes and/or endnotes. Up to two pages of supplemental examples and materials (e.g., musical examples, diagrams, selected bibliography) may be submitted exclusive to the 250-word limit. Proposals should articulate the paper’s premise and its relation to existing music theoretical research and provide some illustration of applications. Since proposals will be evaluated anonymously, they should exclude the author’s name and any other signal of authorship. References to the author’s own work must occur in the third person.

TO SUBMIT YOUR PROPOSAL (whether it is for the Primary CFP or the Undergraduate Research Forum), use the following Google forms link: https://forms.gle/o6E5PYH8HGveCuCU7

Questions about submissions should be directed to Rebecca Long (Program Committee) Chair at rebecca.long@louisville.edu.

*Please note that no author may appear in more than one proposal.

**Previously published papers or papers given at national or international conferences will not be considered.

***Please note that the same paper may not be presented at more than one SMT regional society conference. If your paper is accepted to SCSMT, please do not submit it to any more regional music theory conferences.

SCSMT 2021 Program Committee:

  • Rebecca Long, University of Louisville (Chair)
  • Janna Saslaw, Loyola University
  • Alexander Martin, Stetson University
  • Matthew Boyle, University of Alabama
  • Jordan Lenchitz, Florida State University (Winner, 2020 Graduate Student Paper Award)